Q&A: Coroner report deadline


From the Daily Reporter:

Q: Is there any particular timeline regarding how long a coroner has to generate a report after autopsy/toxicology screen results come back on a death investigation? We’re running into a  problem with a coroner withholding results to protect a family.

A: After the autopsy report has been completed, including any outside tests, such as a toxicology screen, the coroner has two weeks to complete the coroner’s report that must be made available for inspection and copying and should include the probable cause of death, probable manner of death, and probable mechanism of death.

The statute is IC 36-2-14-18.

Contact Steve Key, HSPA executive director and general counsel, with media law questions at skey@hspa.com or (317) 624-4427.